Pierce County Board of Equalization accepting applications

Applications are being accepted to fill a vacancy for an Alternate Member on the Pierce County Board of Equalization. The seven-member panel hears appeals from taxpayers who disagree with the assessed value of their properties, such as property valuations and exemption changes and denials.

The board session begins July 15 each year, on a three-member rotation cycle: each member works three weeks in a row with two weeks off. Upon completing work before it, the board adjourns until fall when petition hearings begin. Members receive a per diem for attending board meetings. New members are required to attend a two-day Department of Revenue training session. Elected officials or employees of elected officials are ineligible for board service. People who have worked in the Assessor-Treasurer’s Office within the past two years are also ineligible.

Applications are due Monday, May 16, and are available online, by e-mail at pcexecutive@co.pierce.wa.us or in person from the Clerk of the Board of Equalization’s Office, 2401 S. 35th St., Room 176 in Tacoma. Board members are appointed by the County Executive subject to County Council confirmation.